Ruben Amaro: Jon Heyman Is 'Wrong Quite a Bit'

Ruben Amaro: Jon Heyman Is 'Wrong Quite a Bit'

Ruben Amaro didn't sell Wednesday, but that didn't stop him from selling CBS Sports' Jon Heyman down the river Thursday morning.

The Phillies' GM was on the WIP Morning Show on Thursday, one day after what was expected to be a busy day of deadline moves. Of course, the Phillies stood pat up to 4 p.m., neither buying nor selling. So much for that two-month debate, huh?

As the deadline approached, Jonathan Papelbon and Cliff Lee seemed safe, but deals for Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz looked as if they could actually materialize, especially after Young became willing to waive his no-trade clause for certain suitors.

Heyman reported late Wednesday night that Amaro was in talks with the Yankees about both Young and Ruiz, offering these specifics:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke on the phone around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, an hour before the trade deadline, at which time Amaro confirmed what the Yankees had been reading in the media: Michael Young was willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees.

So Cashman offered to send a prospect to Philly and pay the $5 million to go on Young's deal. And Amaro rejected the deal.

Then Cashman asked about Phillies veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, and was told that Ruiz, who has one home run this year, is not available.

When asked about these details, you might expect a GM to say something like: We were in talks with a number of clubs about a number of different ways to improve our ball club yesterday, but we just couldn't come to terms on any deals that we felt would improve our team.

And that, more or less, is what Amaro said Thursday. And he did admit to having conversations with both the Yankees and the Red Sox. He just also added this bit, per HardballTalk:

Ruben Amaro didn’t exactly brush [Heyman's report] off, however, going on WIP in Philly this morning knocking Heyman’s report and saying that Heyman “is wrong a lot of times.” We’ll try to post the full interview when WIP makes it available later.

[Update: Here are the actual comments and audio:

"Both [the Young and Ruiz deals] are absolutely, unequivocally inaccurate, and John has been wrong quite a bit. I mean, John [Heyman] is a good reporter, but he's also been quite wrong on many occasions. You have to understand that some of things [reporters] hear are from one side only. I don't speak to John all that much, and I think that's one of the reasons, because I think a lot of the things that come out are actually very false. So it makes it difficult for us to have relationships with the reporters when the reporting is false.

About an hour after making his initial comments, Amaro called back into WIP to amend his stance, and then Heyman called in himself.]

While we're here, we might as well gauge the pulse of what "they're" saying about Amaro and the Phillies outside of Philly. Craig Calcaterra in that same HBT post offers:

It’s one thing for a sleazy little blogger boy to do it. It’s another thing for a GM to do it. Shouldn’t these sorts of reports just be chuckled off at most? More properly ignored?

And more to the point: Jon Heyman may be wrong sometimes, but I feel like he’s done his job way better than Amaro has in the past year or two. I mean, Heyman didn’t give that deal to Ryan Howard and make Delmon Young a major part of the 2013 business plan. Methinks Amaro is not in any position to go after people for their mistakes, real or imagined.

Ouch. In Amaro's defense, he's not totally out of time when it comes to selling off some pieces this season. Yesterday was just the non-waiver deadline, and you may remember that Joe Blanton wasn't shipped off to Los Angeles until Aug. 3 last season. Granted, trying to move guys after the deadline makes the entire proposition entirely more complicated, and you're best hope of landing a decent return now is probably a late-season injury somewhere around baseball.

Either way, this is the time of year that you'll see a lot of big names "waived" just to test the waters before those names are likely pulled back off waivers. Enrico's waived me the last four seasons in a row, and reportedly came close to accepting future considerations to ship me to Kansas City in 2011.

But that was just a report, and Jon Heyman is wrong a lot of times.

NBA Playoffs: Raptors hold off Cavs to even East Finals 2-2

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NBA Playoffs: Raptors hold off Cavs to even East Finals 2-2

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TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.

DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Cleveland lost consecutive playoff games to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since dropping the final three games of the conference semifinals to Boston in 2010.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors led by nine points to begin the fourth but Frye made consecutive 3-pointers as Cleveland opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run, cutting it to 78-77. The Cavaliers made their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter. Frye's errant 3-point attempt at 4:12 was their first miss.

DeRozan made two free throws at the other end and, after another miss by Frye, Carroll made one of two to put Toronto up 99-96 with 3:23 to go.

A long 3 by Irving made it 101-99 with 2:00 left, but DeRozan answered with a driving bank shot at 1:33. Toronto got the ball back after Biyombo blocked J.R. Smith's 3, and Biyombo kept the offensive possession alive by rebounding Lowry's missed shot. After a timeout, Lowry let the shot clock wind down before driving for the decisive layup, making it 105-99 with 22 seconds to go.

Toronto jumped out to a 13-5 lead as Cleveland missed eight of its first 10 shots. Following a timeout, the Cavs made five of their next six to cut the deficit but the Raptors led 27-24 after one quarter.

Lowry scored 15 points in the second, making three of Toronto's four 3-pointers, as the Raptors opened a 57-41 halftime lead despite not shooting a single free throw in the first two quarters. It marked the first time a team led by 15 or more at halftime in a conference finals game without shooting a free throw since Game 2 of the 2001 East Finals between Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Bucks made two of six from the line, the fewest ever made in an NBA playoff game at the time.

DeRozan shot Toronto's first free throws at 6:13 of the third after being tackled by Smith on a drive. The foul drought came after Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Toronto's Game 3 win.

After shooting 3 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half, the Cavaliers made their first three long range shots in the third quarter. Cleveland connected on six of eight 3s in the third but DeRozan and Lowry combined for 16 points as Toronto took a 78-69 lead into the fourth.

Tip-ins
Cavaliers: James and Irving each had six assists. ... After shooting 3 for 19 in Game 3, Kevin Love shot 4 for 14 in Game 4. He finished with 10 points.

Raptors: Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas was active but did not play. He's been out since spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of Game 3 against Miami on May 7. ... Fans cheered derisively when Matthew Dellavedova was called for Cleveland's first foul of the game at 8:56 of the second.

NHL Playoffs: Joe Pavelski pushes Sharks to brink of Cup Final berth

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NHL Playoffs: Joe Pavelski pushes Sharks to brink of Cup Final berth

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ST. LOUIS -- Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final on Monday night.

Joel Ward also scored twice including one of two empty-netters in the final minute for San Jose, which can close it out at home on Wednesday night. The Sharks have never reached the Stanley Cup Final. Joe Thornton had three assists for the Sharks.

Pavelski leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has three two-goal games, one in each series. The Sharks' captain added an assist and is tied with teammate Logan Couture for the postseason points lead, each with a franchise-record 21 points.

Rookie Robby Fabbri scored and David Backes had an assist for St. Louis. Both were questionable coming off injuries in Game 4.

The Blues are just 4-6 at home in the postseason, and failed to hold leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in Game 5. They're 6-3 on the road.

The Sharks were 2 for 3 on the power play in the win.

Troy Brouwer batted in a rebound from midair for St. Louis and Ward also scored a similar goal for San Jose with his first of the game.

Brouwer leads St. Louis with eight goals in 19 games this postseason after totaling seven in his first 78 playoff games.

Pavelski was left alone in the slot on a power play at 18:33 of the second and beat Jake Allen to tie it at 3-3. He redirected Brent Burns' drive from the point 16 seconds into the third to put the Sharks in front to stay.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones allowed three goals on the Blues' first 13 shots, but stopped all seven shots in the third.

The Sharks scored first on Marc-Edouard Vlasic's first goal of the postseason from the point at 3:51 of the first period.

Jaden Schwartz snapped a 13-game goal drought to tie it on a rebound at 7:04 of the first.

Best of MLB: Cardinals top Cubs on Randal Grichuck's walk-off HR

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Best of MLB: Cardinals top Cubs on Randal Grichuck's walk-off HR

ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuck hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth to lift the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Matt Adams tied the score with a two-run homer off in the seventh for St. Louis' major league-leading ninth pinch-hit homer of the season. It also ended a streak of 13 innings of one-run pitching by Chicago starter John Lackey against his former team.

Grichuk drove a 2-2 pitch off of Adam Warren (3-1) for the win.

Trevor Rosenthal (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cubs' Ben Zobrist had three singles and a walk, extending his streak to 29 starts with reaching safely. He is hitting .387 during that span (see full recap).

Mets ride power surge to win over Nationals
WASHINGTON -- David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker homered on the day Mets slugger Lucas Duda went on the disabled list, leading New York past the Washington Nationals 7-1 Monday night.

Pitching on the eve of his 43rd birthday, Bartolo Colon (4-3) allowed one run and five hits in seven efficient innings. Baseball's oldest player struck out two and walked two.

With Duda out at least four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower back, Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged it will take a committee approach to replace his power. Point taken, as Wright hit a three-run shot off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (3-2) during a five-run third inning, and Cespedes and Walker went back-to-back in the fifth.

Asdrubal Cabrera also drove in a run with the Mets' fifth consecutive hit in the third, and fill-in first baseman Eric Campbell produced another with a sacrifice fly (see full recap).

Vogelsong carted off in Pirates' victory
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong was carted off the field after getting struck in the head by a pitch in the second inning of a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

With the bases loaded and Pittsburgh leading 1-0, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (1-2) hit Vogelsong in the left cheek with a 92 mph fastball. Vogelson was making his second start of the season, filling in because of a rainout Sunday.

The Pirates later said he was admitted to the hospital for injuries to his left eye. Vogelsong was replaced by Wilfredo Boscan (1-0), who got the win in relief.

The Pirates took an early lead on Lyles and never looked back. Besides hitting Vogelsong, the right-hander walked three, allowed two stolen bases, threw a wild pitch and gave up six runs over 2 1/3 innings (see full recap).